In this article we show how to configure and share the internet by using your Bluetooth enabled desktop or notebook with internet access as an internet gateway for your iPAQ Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 2003.
This guide suits any Bluetooth model from the H19xx, H22xx, H39xx, H54xx and H55xx series running Windows Mobile 2003.
For this we used a desktop running Windows 2000 Pro with a TDK USB Bluetooth (version 188.8.131.52) as a server. The client is a H3970 running Windows Mobile 2003 from HP.
Make sure your Bluetooth adapter support the LAN Access profile. Some products (like the 3COM) will not support this, while widcomm based dongles will have this functionality.
This guide is based on Windows 2000 machines. The dialogs for Windows XP might be a little different, but the configuration will be the same.
First, let's open My Network Places on the computer that will be the server on this configuration. You can do so by right-clicking the My Network Places icon and selecting Properties.
We want to change the properties for our connection to the internet. This is the adapter we want to share "from". Just right-click in the corresponding icon and select Properties.
The Bluetooth Network adapter was automatically created during the Bluetooth installation.
There's a bug in Windows 2000 before SP3 where changing the sharing option may change IP configurations in this adapter. To make sure you're safe, we will note the current configuration.
In the General tab select the Internet Protocol components and click Properties.
Write down all the information from the next dialog, and click Cancel.
Back in the Adapter properties, select the "Sharing" tab and tick "Enable Internet Connection Sharing for this connection".
Now, to configure the Bluetooth USB, right-click the Bluetooth icon in the system tray and select Advanced Configuration.
Change to the Local Services tab and double click "Network Access".
Change the type of service to "Allow other devices to acces the Internet/LAN via this computer".
The alternative to this option will allow your device to connect to your computer as part of a LAN, but will not have internet access.
Note the Configure Connection Sharing button: it'll open the configuration screens we've visited before. But some Bluetooth software will not have this button, hence I guided you through the other route .
Now, for your iPaq configuration. Make sure the Bluetooth stack is active. From the Today screen tap the wireless icon in the bottom right and select Bluetooth Manager
Now tap the New menu and select Connect
Select the option Connect to the Internet and tap Next
Select the radio button Connect via LAN... and tap Next
On this dialog just tap the Device box, to start a search.
When you have your computer or laptop on the list, tap on its icon:
To make it an easy to access connection accept the option to create a shortcut. Shortcuts are visible on the first dialog of your Bluetooth Manager. Tap Finish.
The next dialog shows the connection being attempted:
If this is the first time you are using this Pocket PC to access this computer or laptop, you'll be asked for a PIN. This PIN will create a "pairing" between these devices. On the desktop or laptop a notification bubble will show up, asking for PIN confirmation. Click on the Bluetooth icon on your System tray.
Enter a PIN on your desktop. You have to be quick, because the timeout is around 15 seconds. Use a four digits number.
Back on your iPaq, you'll enter the same PIN used on your computer:
Next thing you'll see is the connection information:
If you open the Bluetooth Manager again and change to the Active Connection tab, you'll see the current active devices:
Tap and hold the icon to see more options, like Status and Disconnect:
To make sure things are working, experiment with the Pocket Internet Explorer: